Ever since Tony La Russa announced his retirement as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals last fall, I have wondered what he wanted to do. Though the 67-year-old has done some work for MLB commissioner Bud Selig, it seemed he was still looking for something.
We may have received the answer on Wednesday evening when several media outlets identified what La Russa’s next job may be. It would be quite a step up as he may be the president-in-waiting of the Los Angeles Dodgers – if hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen is selected as the winning bidder.
The LA Times has a different view, noting that La Russa and Cohen met last week in Arizona, but suggesting that agent Arn Tellem would be team president with La Russa potentially in charge of baseball operations.
Among the many additional details mentioned in this USA Today article by Bob Nightengale is a belief that La Russa has no interest in becoming a general manager. The Nightengale piece is one of the sources suggesting team president would be TLR’s new gig. After all, isn’t being in charge of baseball operations just is a fancy term for GM?
Speculation earlier in the winter was that La Russa was Selig’s preference to replace Major League Baseball vice president Joe Torre, but later La Russa apparently passed. Ironically, ex-Dodgers manager Torre resigned from MLB to participate in another group bidding to purchase the team, one that has since been eliminated from consideration.
In fact, the original 23 bidders for the Dodgers have been narrowed down to just four. Along with Cohen, Rams owner Stan Kroenke is one of them.
Outgoing owner Frank McCourt will select the winner next month once MLB owners approve the finalists next week.